Know The Signs of Psychosis
If you start to see these signs, don’t ignore them:
- People are against me or want to hurt me
- Others can read my mind
- I have special powers or abilities
- Increased sensitivity to sights or sounds
- Hearing, seeing, feeling or tasting things that others don’t
- It feels harder to think clearly, concentrate or stay organized
- Trouble reading or comprehending what others are saying
- Feeling disconnected from family and friends
- Loss of interest in everyday activities or caring for yourself
Why it matters
Whether you’re experiencing a symptom of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or a drug-related or other medical cause, knowing psychosis warning signs and symptoms can be a life-saver.
Symptoms tend to get worse with time, and getting help early increases your chances of full recovery.
Is recovery from psychosis possible?
(Spoiler alert: YES.)
First things first: You are not alone. And with the right support, full recovery is entirely possible.
There’s no one-size-fits-all treatment and the best kind of help is the help that works for you. But by getting comprehensive treatment early on and focusing on self-care and stress management, symptoms can diminish or disappear altogether and you’ll be back on your way to living the life you want to lead.
What does the recovery process look like?
Choosing recovery means choosing to do the things that make you feel better day after day. It can be as rewarding as it is difficult, and the road to recovery is rarely a straight shot; it’s more often like a winding path with a few detours along the way.
While some are able to get back to their lives and responsibilities soon after an episode, others may need a few weeks, months or even years to recover more gradually. Long-term medication may be necessary, or it may not be. We’re all a bit different, and all of our experiences are valid.
Many first episode treatment programs are two years in length, which allows time to create new, healthy routines and slowly take on more school or work responsibilities. Some find that staying in therapy or extending a treatment program beyond two years works best for them.
The recovery process looks different for everyone. Just bring a whole lot of patience, courage and determination with you, and you’ll rock it.
Still thinking about waiting to seek help?
As with any health issue, psychosis becomes more difficult to treat the longer it goes untreated. Without specialized help, the road to recovery can get longer and tougher (and often a whole lot more lonely).
So if you’re experiencing symptoms, here’s the game plan:
And don’t forget that we’ve been there, too, and we’re here to support you.
You are never alone.